Galatians 3:15 And Sola Scriptura

In talking about God’s covenant with Abraham, Gal 3:15 reads, “Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.” The point was that once the covenant with Abraham was confirmed, even the law of Moses (which came some 430 years later), cannot disannul or change that prior covenant (verse 17). Since Paul made that statement about covenants in general, let’s apply it to the New Covenant on the issue of Sola Scriptura, that is, whether or not the written scriptures are our sole authority in religion.

The new covenant was in the process of being confirmed with miracles in the first century:

· Hebrews 2:3-4 … so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him. God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost …

· Mark 16:17-20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.

But according to I Corinthians 13:8-10, the miraculous gifts (which were used to confirm the new covenant) have ceased (see last week’s “Doctrine Matters” message), therefore the new covenant is both complete and confirmed (past tense). So then according to God’s Gal 3:15 rule, no man should add thereto – to God’s New Testament law. That rules out the Catholic idea of the Pope and church tradition being on equal footing with the scriptures in regard to religious authority.

That means the Catholic church is in violation of the Rev 22:18-19 principle which reads, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words … of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life ….”

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